Today's get to know us is about me :) Ahimsa Luciano co-founder of PWG and also excellent neighbor. I've lived in Pleasantville for 5 years and a little, I absolutely love it here and feel so lucky to be both raising my family here, 5 year old twins (my house is batshit crazy and wild and wonderful. I am in love with this age they are the coolest and funniest little people) and raising a business that I hope to turn into a real community resource.
What is your favorite thing about your career? The thing that continuously amazes me about this field is people's incredible resilience and ability to hold onto hope for change in themselves. I absolutely love getting to work with people who show up in the most vulnerable moments of their lives and do the gritty work of making changes to help them live the life they picture for themselves. Or the life they come to realize is the one they feel the best in. I also love some of the lighter moments in therapy because let's be real ... sometimes you have to laugh at the hard shit too. I think it's such an honor to be able to witness this part of someones life and feel incredibly lucky to be doing it.
What makes you laugh the most? This is going to be so cliche and sickeningly sweet, but its my husband .. he has a wicked sense of humor and says the most ridiculous things but its usually so quiet and if you aren't next to him you'll miss it. His dad jokes I can live without ... even though I usually have to hold back my laughter cause they are just so incredibly stupid.
What would you sing at Karaoke night? I'm gonna be - by the Proclaimers. JUDGE ME .. maybe even *tubthumping*
Or Let it go .. because those lyrics are forever burned into my brain at this point. and a sure crowd pleaser. /s
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? chips and salsa ... forever.
What did you want to be when you were small? Everything ... marine biologist, vet, all the typical young kid career paths.
But I read a book about art therapy at a fairly young age how impactful it was and what a great influence it had for one young girl and I knew around 12 that I wanted to be an art therapist. I briefly considered neuropsychology in undergrad because the brain is just so so cool. But stuck it out and I'm glad I did. Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? Apparently I am distantly related to one of the astronauts on the first flight into space ... one of the ones who stayed on the shuttle. My dad was seriously into genealogy for awhile and traced his family tree pretty far back and out.